“Agri-Business BootCamp” concludes sending words of encouragement to Agro-Preneurs

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“Agri-Business BootCamp” concludes sending words of encouragement to Agro-Preneurs

Agri-Business BootCamp, an intensive mentorship/training programme organized with intentions to promote agricultural business, innovation and entrepreneurship concluded today with an uproar. The Grand Finale conducted at Yak and Yeti showcased presentations by 10 best among the 25 selected companies that went through the week long BootCamp at Nagarkot.

The BootCamp supported by InfoDev and The World Bank Group filtered down 25 companies from among 641 applicants. The selected 25 went through intensive bootcamp session learning the bits and pieces of businesses to get themselves ready for the next level. “The finalists consisting of 20 existing businesses and five startups were shortlisted from among 252 existing business category and 383 startup ideas,” said to Karmath Dangol, while presenting the journey of AgriBusiness BootCamp 2017.

Different agricultural businesses ranging from Beekeeping to Fertilizers, Rosemary cultivation to meat processing, Eco-friendly Plates of Areca Nuts to Integrated Agriculture, Tissue Culture to Pickle production were featured. Quest for Progress Pvt. Ltd. currently producing Pickle was adjudged the 2nd runner-up, while Organic Orthodox Tea that has been selling orthodox tea with the brand Sakhejung was 1st runner-up and Kalika B.M. Agro Production Nepal that has been selling Chhop from Timur was the winner of the Grand Finale. The top three contestants will be recognized at the Nepal Agribusiness Innovation Centre (NABIC) to be launched on April 29 by Ministry of Agriculture with support from PACT, InfoDev, The World Bank Group and various other stakeholders.

The Agri-Business BootCamp was peculiar in terms of the participants it garnered including businesses and ideas from all over the country. It was a refreshing change to see people actually engaged in entrepreneurship and business as opposed to aspiring entrepreneurs, that normally occupy entrepreneurship related events in the City.

“The participants here may not know how to talk but they have are the best at what they do”, said Brijendra R. Joshi, who was introducing the finalist entrepreneurs for their presentations. And his statement resonated entirely in the presentation sessions comprising of participants including people from varied backgrounds working on Agriculture.

People have talked up agriculture as one of the backbone of economy and way-forward for long. But programs like this recognizing and encouraging the literal producers and providers of our food makes such dream entirely plausible. Nepalese Agriculture is slowly getting into the fold of startup ecosystem. And as days pass by the industry will surely be looked with brighter gauge considering its potential.

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